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Barring Some Unforeseen Accident Paperback – 28 Feb 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Leo Press (28 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971553653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971553651
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,425,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'd not heard of this author before--evidently he's popular in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. At any rate, I bought this on recommendation and have to say that I can't believe this hasn't been on the bestseller list! What a great story!

First off, the novel is easy to read and the chapters are short; something I like since my life is a mess right now. Second, the story really pulls you through. This is not a mystery novel or a romance book, but if you like those genres, you can read it and still get something out of it. I'd like to tell you that it's reminiscent of so-and-so's style, but it's not like anything I've ever encountered before.

The book is really a book-within-a-book----it's an actual cookbook embedded within the novel. I don't think you're going to want to make any of the recipes offered but you'll laugh yourself silly reading them. Before each one is an introduction by McCrae, and after each one is a bit added by each of the ladies. These latter bits--information about where the recipe came from, etc. are hilarious and start getting longer and longer, becoming a story in themselves as the novel progresses. The women, who appear to be friends at first, start taking shots at one another and these "after recipes" offer great insight into what is actually going on in the town. And the receipes and their before-and-after commentaries serve to parady so many cookbooks and the way they're put together. If you've ever read a cookbook and rolled your eyes at the "added bits" then you'll love this novel.

The story is about the author (McCrae) who is asked to come to the Southern U.S. to help out a group of Junior League Ladies (snooty women who think they're better than everyone else and have their own club) put together a cookbook.
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What a knock-out this book is! The story is not only fantastic, but so well put together that you'll be shaking your head, trying to imagine how someone came up with this. Synopsis: Famous author is asked to travel to a small southern town in order to help out a group of Junior League ladies put a cookbook together. He's reluctant to go and who wouldn't be, but there's money involved. So he goes. When he gets there, it's a town of about three hundred individuals who are all completely out of touch with the real world. He's befriended by the town's outcast lady who has some dark hidden secret, and the town's sheriff who is also the outcast's soon to be husband. Trust me, if you think you've read a story like this one, you have no idea how strange things get. I love a book where I can't see what's around the bend, and if you're the same way, Barring Some Unforeseen Accident will keep you on the edge of your seat. As if this weren't enough, the novel is probably one of the funniest things I've ever read. This one is a real page-turrner, but with panache and literary merit to keep even those interested in "high-brown" books interested. Great story, surprise ending, and wonderful characters make up this gritty, beautiful, funny, and weird tale of greed, murder, blackmail, and friendship.
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Well, after reading 'Katzenjammer' I had too try another McRae book and boy was it worth it! This is a fantastic book with a storyline that keeps you hooked into the early hours. So much humour and laugh out loud passages i just had to keep turning the pages. McRae is a genius and if your into quirky humour with a healthy dose of sarcasm mixed with toe-curling absurdity, grotesque images, characters you would love to meet and cooking then get your hands on this book. Go on you know you want to!
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